The basis of deep-sea malacology in the Western Atlantic

Dall, W. H.

Reports on the results of dredging, under the supervision of Alexander Agassiz, in the Gulf of Mexico (1877-78) and in the Caribbean Sea (1879-80), by the U. S. Coast Survey steamer "Blake", Lieut.-Commander C. D. Sigsbee, U. S. N., and Commander J. R. Bartlett, U. S. N., commanding. XXIX. Report on the Mollusca. General conclusions from a preliminary examination of the Mollusca [AND] Report on the cephalopods [AND] Supplementary report on the Blake cephalopods (both by A. E. Verrill) [AND] Preliminary report on the Mollusca [AND] Report on the Mollusca. Part I. Brachiopoda and Pelecypoda [AND] Report on the nudibranchs (by R. Bergh) [AND] Report on the Mollusca dredged by the "Blake" in 1880 (by K. J. Bush). [AND] Part II. Gastropoda and Scaphopoda.

Published 1880-1889
Item ID 75394

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Cambridge, MA, The Museum of Comparative Zoölogy, 1880-1889. Eight parts in two. 8vo. First bound volume: 464 pp. [9;18;11;112;241;27;46]; 25 engraved plates [0;8;3;0;9;3;2]. Second volume: 492 pp., 40 engraved plates; all with explanatory text leaves. Later uniform blue buckram. Spines with gilt title. Several original, printed wrappers bound in.

The complete Mollusca section (and the brachiopods) of the most important zoological dredging operation in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, an area of depths over 25 fathoms previously only incidentally investigated (e.g. a few stations by the Challenger expedition; and earlier by a few others, as recorded by Alcide d'Orbigny in 1847). Massive numbers of often spectacular new molluscs and other marine invertebrates were collected. These papers of the Museum's Bulletin series contained a sizable part of Dall's new molluscan taxa. Stamp of the American malacologist Richard Irwin Johnson (1925-2020) in the top margin of the first front free endpaper recto and first wrappers of each volume. Verrill's second paper detached, otherwise a very good, clean copy. Most parts are very uncommon, a complete set of papers, such as this one, is definitely rare.

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